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Summer Wine® Ninebark

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Summer Wine® Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Seward’):This stunning garden shrub has all the charm and color of its parent Diablo but in a significantly more compact form; foliage emerges a wine-red and fades to reddish-purple, setting apart the showy white flowers in spring, also has curious peeling bark

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Physocarpus
Species:
opulifolius
Cultivar:
Seward
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Eastern Ninebark
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Bud Color:
pink

Ornamental Features

Summer Wine® Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive deep purple deciduous foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The serrated lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features abundant showy red capsules from early to mid fall. The peeling tan bark and dark red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Wine® Ninebark is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Summer Wine® Ninebark will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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